Series-Parallel

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by keyboardcowboy, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. keyboardcowboy

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    Well this is not a HOMEWORK question, just something i came across..by using a circuit simulator i have found the current consumed @ 5V i.e 407mA and according to OHM LAW

    R=V/I

    =5/407=12.2 ohm

    Solving the circuit manually i have come up with 12.02 ohm using series-parallel combination and Y-DELTA transformation..
    Can anyone help me out
     
  2. WBahn

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    Help with what?

    The two values differ by 1.5%. Why do you think it isn't round off error?
     
  3. keyboardcowboy

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    hmm, i did not think about that..maybe it is (thank GOD i still remember the basics)...but could you try and solve it just to be on the safe side
     
  4. Jony130

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    Well I got this result
    Rt = 565/46 = 12.2826087Ω
     
  5. WBahn

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    I worked it using Mesh Current Analysis and, assuming I didn't make any mistakes, I got 12.283Ω ( 5Ω*(2 + 21/46) to be exact). So my current with 5V applied would have been 407.08mA. This agrees well with the simulation result. In fact, if the sim result was 407mA, that is 12.285Ω which you should have rounded to 12.3Ω (if you weren't going to report it to three sig figs).

    My guess is that you just haven't been careful enough with your roundoff error. In general, you should carry at least two sig figs more in your calculations than you intend to report the result to.
     
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